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Weekend of April 17, 2020 – Hour 3

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Tech News and Commentary

Dave and the team discuss the new iPhone SE, the Peacock streaming service, Toon News, creator support in Instagram stories, noise cancelling headphones for isolation, Amazon’s grocery delivery wait list, and more.

Scott in Kilgore, Texas listens on KTBB and asked: “I’m looking for a Bluetooth transmitter. I would like to be able to transmit a signal over Bluetooth so unlimited users in my venue can connect to the signal and listen to the transmission. Wondering if that is possible and if there’s a transmitter I could purchase to make that happen.”

Scott, you’re looking at the wrong technology. Depending on what you’re looking to do, you may be better off looking into something like the headphones used in silent dance parties and similar events, but those run off of different radio waves, not Bluetooth.

Bluetooth will let you connect a nearly unlimited number of devices, but only in the sense of “adding them to the list of known devices”, as long as your transmitter can store them, the Bluetooth standard won’t argue.

When it comes to live connected devices actually exchanging data with your transmitter, the maximum number set by the standard is reasonable for what Bluetooth does, but it is low. It’s 7 to be precise.

Bluetooth is meant to create point-to-point connections in which devices talk to each other rather than truly broadcast a signal, so it is the wrong technology for what you seem to be trying to do and you will have to look elsewhere if you want it to work well.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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